13 May 2019EAGLESHAM & WATERFOOT COMMUNITY COUNCIL CHAIRMANS AGM ANNUAL REPORT DATED THE 13th of MAY 2019
The Community Council has been involved in a large number of community focused issues over the last year. We have been instrumental in supporting local residents with matters ranging from surveys to identify the issues with poor local bus services to partnering ERC with a new park build. This has also included raising funds for children’s play equipment for the new park in Waterfoot. EWCC has also continued to improve the structure and delivery of our monthly meetings to help us and our community engage better. This included bringing the time forward to 7pm and keeping public meetings down to one hour. This has helped community stakeholders such as Police Scotland and ERC departments including education and environment to attend our meetings. As Chairman I have covered some but not all of the local issues in this report that EWCC have been involved in over last twelve months. Full details have been posted on our social media sites for everyone to read. Every member of the community council has been instrumental in overcoming the challenges of building an effective community council which was newly formed in Sept 2017. All members are sincerely thanked for their commitment and support to the local community. As are our regularly attending councillors Caroline Bamforth and Jim McLean. A huge thank you goes out to Sgt Mike Morganthlaer and his local problem solving teams. Their attendance at our meetings, engaging with the community and police led support, including the traffic branch has been outstanding.
Waterfoot New Inky Pink Park.
Soon after its incorporation EWCC engaged with ERC to help move forward the new park build as it had been voted as the communities preferred option in 2016. The remaining £135k from the CALA fund was brought together with additional funding of £12000 from the LEADER funding group to start the process. This was a partnered approach between ERC and EWCC that included raising additional funds to allow the park to be better equipped with a children’s adventure climbing area. Work commenced on the park in late 2018 and has continued at pace. The park MUGA and adventure climbing area were completed in April and are currently open for use. The pathways and final landscaping is ongoing, with completion expected to be late June/July 2018. The response and use of the park by local children has been phenomenal. It is fantastic to see families, young people and dog walkers all sharing this beautiful space and enjoying the outdoors. Inky Pink Park is becoming much more than just a MUGA and play area. EWCC invited Whitelee Countryside Rangers to visit the park and conduct an activities survey. As a result we are very pleased to inform you that they will now be incorporating the park into their programme and will be running events like, A Bugs Life, Bat Watch, Star Gazing, Water Fun and Muddy Marvellous to name a few. This is to allow our children to have more fun, take ownership of their new park and understand and respect the environment better through education led activities. The events will be advertising on their main site and on EWCC’s sites in due course.
As you will know the Gladman proposal for a new build estate was rejected because of local objections and the coordinated engagement with the Scottish Govts Reporter by EWCC and others. We have kept a close link with the ERC planning department particularly concerning the Land Development Plan 2 (LDP2) public consultation. LDP2 concerns the next phase of agreed building in ERC. This is yet to be agreed and a final public consultation on LDP2 will occur later this year. Planning will inform EWCC when this starts and we will update the community and represent your views as needed. EWCC hold a statutory position within planning matters in ERC.
The Police Scotland Local Problem Solving Team led by Sgt Morganthaler have been outstanding in their monthly attendance at our meetings and their support and advice in combating crime in our area. This has led directly to members of the community using EWCC’s social media sites to alert the community to suspicious behaviour and also an increase in residents calling 999/101 to report crime One such incident led to the arrest of a number of people who were committing offences in Eaglesham and Waterfoot. A local resident reported suspicious behaviour which led the police to deploy a helicopter, tracker dogs and several police cars. The result was the recovery of two stolen cars, stolen goods and the arrest of a number of suspects.
Local Bus Service.
EWCC have been supporting the local community with this matter since 2017. We have written several times to First Group requesting a meeting to discuss the poor service of the 4A route but to no avail. We then decided to run an online survey for members of the community to submit their complaints and any issues about the bus service. The poor service has lead to a local resident setting up a Carpool scheme on Face Book to help local residents get to and from work. The survey data was collated and delivered to SPT by one of our local councillors. The media also became interested because of the Carpool and poor feedback and an article below was published in the Daily Record on the 9th of May,
"Eaglesham and Community Council say locals have been forced to car pool in an effort to commute from the village. Now they have called for First Bus to listen to their complaints and act. A recent survey by the group showed 78 per cent of complaints received were due to the buses not turning up. The shocking figures have forced locals to come up with a carpool group, which connects those who don’t drive to major routes from rural roads. A spokesman for the group said: “The local community have consistently raised issues with bus services at our public meetings. So we were asked to investigate and raise awareness of their dissatisfaction with local bus services in our area. We currently have two main buses that travel through our area – the 4A and 395, with a few variants. Many locals use these buses and have noticed a decline in the quality of service, which led to us commissioning an online survey. Returning the figures, the spokesman said they are “concerning” and suggested only a small percentage of real time issues are actually being logged, meaning many bus failings are not being reported.The spokesman added that some residents who cannot drive have had to give up employment “due to the non-provision” of buses in the area. He added: “A local councillor recently met with SPT and submitted the online survey in the hope that improvements can be made. “We will continue to report concerns to the bus providers in the hope it will bring about a positive solution for our community. “We have asked on several occasions to meet with the senior management of First Group, who are the most complained about company in the survey, without success. “We hope they will listen to the concerns of the community and respond accordingly". Newton Mearns and Eaglesham South councillor Caroline Bamforth has called for a return to the service serving Polnoon Street, and says she has consulted with locals and politicians regarding the matter. That saw her raise issues with services with nearby councillor, Annette Ireland, and SPT representatives, where she passed on the data provided by EWCC. She said that SPT agreed to make inquiries with First Bus. Councillor Bamforth told the East Kilbride News: “Obviously this is of great concern to residents for whom this service is essential for travel to work or study, but also affects residents further along the route, in Councillor Ireland’s ward. “I also asked if First could look at reinstating the 4A bus up Polnoon street and am awaiting a response on both these issues from First, via SPT.” Along with Councillor Ireland, Councillor Bamforth has requested a face-to-face meeting with First. A spokesman from First Glasgow said: “We welcome feedback from customers and stakeholders about our service coverage all year round so that we can keep any suggestions about our network coverage under consideration for the future.”
ERC Roads Dept.
EWCC have worked very closely with ERC Roads department primarily on issues of safety. After a number of meetings with local residents and then engagement with ERC we were able to get the road markings on all local pedestrian crossings renewed and safety lighting assessed and upgraded where required. The local primary school also became a focal point with parents reporting parking concerns. EWCC engaged with the HT, ERC parking wardens and the police local problem solving team to come together to tackle the issues. EWCC also requested from the Roads Dept the most recent TACSIS speeding survey data. This revealed that in most areas motorists were speeding. Particularly in Waterfoot where 92% of 51000 vehicles in a 7 day period were travelling over the legal speed limit. With 125 local children using ERC school buses daily at this location and the toddlers park next to it. EWCC engaged with Police Scotland to request that their traffic dept deal with this serious issue. They have been deploying officers regularly at the survey hotspots in Eaglesham and Waterfoot. EWCC have also requested that ERC look at deploying speed camera vehicles around the area.
EWCC recently organised their first litter picking event in Waterfoot which was extremely well supported. We managed to clean up Inky Pink Park, Low Borland Way, Glasgow Rd verges from the underpass up to Linn Products, both bus stops and finishing with Brackenrig Woods. Thank you very much to all who came along and helped in achieving so much.
EWCC Health for Heroes Programme.
EWCC Chair approached Ian Pye at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust to ask for his support in starting the Health for Heroes Programme in ER. This is a gym membership and monthly breakfast to help support injured veterans in our community. ERCLT senior management supported by ERC have very kindly agreed to donate 40 platinum gym membership passes for injured veterans. Jane Duncan the Armed Forces advisor for ER, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire Councils has joined to help roll the programme out in ER. The hope is the programme can be brought to the other two council areas as well. The programme will include monthly veterans breakfasts at each leisure centre. The intent being that at the breakfasts a “one stop shop” of support organisations will be set up to offer help where needed.
Following on from this initial success other councils were contacted. Perth and Kinross Council have now signed up to the programme and are introducing it into their compass membership. Their partnering organisations will support where required at the veterans breakfasts. South Lanarkshire Council have also offered to donate 50 all access gym memberships to the programme. More councils are coming forward to support the programme. Suzuki GB PLC through a local resident have kindly offered £500 towards the Programme breakfasts. Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Public Involvement Manager recently contacted me to discuss the Health for Heroes Programme. Thanks must go to Councillor Bamforth for her support in raising awareness of the programme in ER and GGC. Many injured veterans and their families will benefit enormously from the programme.
The last twelve months have been extremely busy, productive and very satisfying for EWCC. May I take this opportunity to thank members of our local community for their support and regular attendance at our monthly meetings. Our two regularly attending local councillors, Caroline Bamforth and Jim McLean, their support and advice has been instrumental in the successes. Finally thank you to the hard working volunteers who make up the members of Eaglesham and Waterfoot Community Council. Ailsa Burns, Niall Rachman, Brian Lappin, Andy Tyson, Steven McMenamin, Duncan Macintyre and David Macaskill.
29 April 2019Waterfoot Tidy Up
Fantastic turn out and a huge thank you to everyone who came along from all over including, Eaglesham, Craiglaw Ave, Woodside, Barlae and Riverside - special thanks to the younger members who kindly joined us.
We achieved an enormous amount together including the full park, Low Borland Way, the toddlers park, both bus stops, Brackenrig Woods and both sides of the Glasgow Rd from the underpass path all the way up to Brackenrig Woods.
17 April 2019Internet Safety
Slides from the presentation made by PC Alastair Droy at the last Community Council meeting:-
13 February 2019
The Tapestry of Renfrew is set to tell the story of the Old County of Renfrew that today includes Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire, dating from the 16th century to the present.
The project's first phase has been under way since 2016, focussing on the history and heritage of Paisley. To date, 11 panels have been drafted and a team of over 300 volunteer stitchers working to tell the story of Paisley and their communities. You can find out more about the this stage of the project, and the beautiful works that are being created, by visiting the Renfrewshire Tapestry website http://www.
The Renfrewshire Tapestry Group, are applying to Leader for funding for delivery of the project across communities in rural Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. This phase of the project is descried as the “Tapestry of Renfrew: Rural Reams” . I have attached a project brief which tells you a little more about the bigger project, as well as the rural project (Threads Across the County: Rural Reams). .
We think this will be great project for the rural communities involved, allowing a number of things to happen including celebrating and capturing local history in a Tapestry panel and a collection of stitched samplers; preserving local skills and heritage (embroidery) and sharing these with a new generation, bringing people to together and reducing isolation and getting involved in a larger project, with all the benefits that can come from that.
If successful, there will be events, workshops and stitching, story-telling and film-making training sessions with the community and local children plus targeted support for unemployed and disadvantaged groups. The project is basically about community building through tapestry, reskilling and creating opportunities.
Before we get to that stage, we need to be able to demonstrate to our funders (Leader, in this instance) that there is interest and a demand for the project.
To this effect, I am asking for a letters of support for the project. A simple letter saying you support this arts-based community development project, with its aims of reducing social isolation and loneliness, and its emphasis on celebrating local heritage and history.
Please ensure the letter is addressed to:
Mary McKeown (Chair)
The Renfrewshire Tapestry Group
c/o Paisley Abbey
And headed “Threads Across the County (Rural Reams)”
Facebook page:- https://www.facebook.com/RenfrewshireTapestry/
Twitter :- https://twitter.com/RenTapestry
12 February 2019SPT Regional Transport Strategy - Public Survey
Plese follow the link and complete the survey, to have your say on our bus service.
21 November 2018Eaglesham Parish Church Guild Christmas Cracker
Eaglesham Parish Church Guild Christmas Cracker
Please come along to a wonderful Christmas themed morning in the Carswell Centre Eaglesham. 10am - 12pm Saturday the 24th of November.
Lovely Home Baking
Everyone very welcome
Adults - £2.50
Children - 50p
15 November 2018Problem with your bus? We want to hear about it!
EWCC has been informed of the frustration of many commuters in terms of the service they are receiving from busses within the local area.
We have created a Google Form which can be used by any of the people in the local area to log any problems with their bus. The link can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/HN1lS78uxAUm8oKo2
Please complete this as accurately as possible. We aim to collect the data and present it to the relevant transport groups and bodies. This will be done wholly to improve the level of service offered in our area.
02 November 2018Poppy display in Eaglesham
30 October 2018Inky Pinky Park Progress
New drainage system complete and MUGA surface appears finished. ERC are hoping for this phase to be completed by next mont.
30 October 2018Winter is coming!
Please check your lights, tyres & wipers to make sure they're all in a suitable working order for the winter weather.
The official guides from Police Scotland are here:
30 October 2018Eaglesham Shop Canopy Repairs.
The factor Redpath Bruce have updated EWCC after the matter was raised by community members at Septembers meeting.
They have advised that is has been made safe as a temporary measure, but a permanent repair on the canopy is due to commence once contractor quotes have been finalised.
30 October 2018Polling Station Consultation
Statutory review of polling districts & polling places. Primarily the use of Eaglesham Primary School.
Please see the link below and let us know your thoughts.
This will enable us to convey them to ERC as well as completing the review.
08 October 2018Community Council Meeting Venue Change
The EWCC meeting will take place in the Eglington Arms Hotel at 7pm in the main events room behind the reception.
The decision to move the meeting was taken as we are expecting a large audience than normal to discuss ERC's school admissions.
ERC Director of Education Presentation.
Mhairi Shaw (Director of Education), Mark Ratter (Head of Service), and Joe McCaig (Quality Improvement Officer) will be attending. They will be discussing with those present ERC schools admissions policy.
Should you wish us to forward questions to Mhairi to be answered at the meeting please email email@example.com or ask on the night.
08 October 20184A Bus During Roadworks 13-21 Oct 2018
4A bus - shuttle route and timings to Eaglesham during roadworks.
Email received this morning from ERC Roads Dept.
Dear Mr. Henderson,
Thank you for your email of 5 October regarding the bus service to and from Eaglesham whilst works are ongoing to resurface Glasgow Road.
As previously promised, I now attach details of the route and timetable the shuttle bus will be using whilst Glasgow Road is closed as supplied by SPT.
SPT are currently seeking prices from operators to provide this service.
Roads and Transportation Service
25 September 2018Toilets in Eaglesham Park
Parents were asking a week or so ago about the possibility of the toilets being opened at the park. Jim McLean has spoken to the relevant department and the council have agreed to replace the door with a metal door and keypad.
Once this is done the combination will be passed onto parents.
Please ensure that door is always closed as any vandalism will result in the toliets being permanently closed again.
25 September 2018New Waterfoot Park update from ERC
“Contractors will start work on the all-weather play area next Monday 1st October with hand over scheduled for 12th November. The rest of the programme will follow on when the contractor clears the site”.
13 September 2018Eaglesham McColls Post Office
Great news in response to the many requests/campaigning by everyone involved to get backa Post Office in Eaglesham.
As you know the community Council contacted McColls and the Post Office again recently to ask for an update about post office facilities in Eaglesham.
We received a phone call this morning from Jenny at McColls head office to confirm that McColls in Eaglesham will be opening in late November 2018.
11 September 2018Zebra crossings in Eaglesham
More positive updates from EWCC’s meeting with the head of roads in June.
Both Zebra crossings and adjacent road markings in Eaglesham have been revamped and newly painted - making them stand out much better.
10 September 2018Handrails at Brackenrig Crescent fitted
As requested by EWCC the new handrails have fitted at Brackenrig Crescent steps leading onto Glasgow Rd.
Also the damaged fence along the footpath on the main road have been fixed.
07 September 2018Eaglesham and Waterfoot Community FTTP (fibre to the premises)
As a community we have an opportunity to join together and take forward an ambitious plan to bring “Fibre to the Premises” to every household and business in the Community that wants to participate. At this point we are trying to establish what the demand would be.
If the response is good, we intend to lead the process for the community. Please read through the attached document. Hopefully it will provide most of the information you need to decide if you want to be part of this exciting plan.
Please return the form by 01/11/18 to Gordon Davidson, and we will ‘start the ball rolling’.
29 August 2018Handrail for Steps
Following local residents requests - EWCC met with ERC in June on site to discuss the fitting of handrails at the steps of Brackenrig Crescent Waterfoot.
These steps are quite steep and lead directly onto Glasgow Road/traffic lights.
We are very glad to announce this morning that ERC have agreed to fit handrails at the top and bottom steps.
22 August 2018Defibrillator (AED) update
We have had a very generous offer by a local resident to fund a new defibrillator in the village. Yesterday a local business agreed ‘in principle’ to site the new unit with 24/7 access - thank you to everyone involved. We are meeting at the end of the week to discuss further details.
17 August 2018East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan 2
Land Development Plan 2 (LDP2) will be implemented in May 2019 in our local area. Please see below the proposed new build development sites in Eaglesham and Waterfoot. There will be further opportunity later this year to submit comments on this issue in the Main Issues Report (MiR). The community council meetings are an excellent opportunity to voice planning concerns/support.
The MIR is the first stage in preparing a new Local Development Plan for the area. This is an important plan that will shape development in the area for years to come. LDP1 was adopted in June 2015 and will eventually be replaced by this new Plan ("LDP2").
All comments received to the MIR will help to inform the next stage in the process, the 'Proposed Plan'. There will be a further opportunity to comment on the Proposed Plan in Winter 2018.
15 June 2018EWCC Meeting with ERC Head of Roads and Transportation
Jane Corrie the ERC Roads and Transportation Controller, has kindly agreed to meet with EWCC on the 19th of June 2018 to discuss local concerns. The community submitted questions on our Facebook site and at our last next meeting on the 12th of June.
Suggested points - there are further submissions that will be added on the day.
1. Car speeds in the village area and whether a 20mph limit is a possibility. I would be keen to have her view on that specific idea
2. Carrot parking and the possibility of a constructed car park
3. Zebra crossings to be upgraded to pedestrian crossings – I’ve personally witnessed too many people driving too fast through the village and not even slowing at the crossings with people standing waiting. Especially outside the Montgomery Hall which is used by a lot of the kids and elderly in the village.
4. Change Eaglesham to a 20mph speed zone. This is Scotland’s first Conservation Village, how do we make it the first all 20mph zone. The layout of the village is not designed for modern day vehicles and agricultural machinery. It would be innovative and leading the way for ERC to change Eaglesham to be the first 20mph enforceable speed zone throughout. All roads are an issue, however Polnoon Street and Montgomery Street need some sort of measures to slow vehicles travelling down the hills.
5. Polnoon estate is Scotland’s first shared space residential housing development and has been winning awards and visited by various architects/planners etc, however the reality of living in Polnoon is that very few, if any, drivers with a British driving licence have ever been tested or taught about shared space and what it means. The theory is great but the speed limit in this estate is 30mph. The layout is aesthetically very pleasing, however I know the residents would prefer there to be more ways of slowing/calming the speed of vehicles in the estate as our kids play, scoot and cycle on the shared space area with cars, vans and lorries going too fast. I would like ERC to work with the developer to make improvements to the site which create naturally ways to force traffic to slow down and take more care, before they adopt the roads from MacMic.
6. Jane is Roads and Transportation Controller…is this an opportunity to raise public transport/transport for those who need help in and around the village for the elderly and less able.
7. Speeding off the Belle Craig Roundabout. More signage required to remind of a 30mph zone in Waterfoot to Busby.
8. New signage put in place next to school pick up/drop off points to highlight dangers of children crossing where there are no school crossing patrols. The most dangerous appears to be at the Waterfoot Barlae/traffic lights area where traffic exits and enters Belle Craig at speed. There is no school crossing patrols in this area at all.
9. There has been quite a bit of chat about belle craig roundabout. What about the posibility of traffic slowing screens put up to slow the approaching orbital traffic?
10. Is there a possibility of converting the short section of road, from Holehouse Road to Alexander Avenue outside the shops, to a one way system - similar to the Broom shops.
11. Zig zags on opposite side of road outside Eaglesham primary. Currently there is a six metre gap for the school crossing patroller while cars manoeuvre in and out of spaces right next to where children are meant to safely cross the road.